The Catholic University of America

TRS Undergraduate Program

The aim of the undergraduate program in Theology and Religious Studies is to introduce the student to the religious beliefs and practices that inform the religious culture of the Western world. Attention to the "Christian Difference" and specifically to the Roman Catholic tradition of Christian faith is at the heart of CUA's curriculum in religion. But life in the 21st century will require a broad understanding of religion and culture, so you will have the opportunity to study Judaism and Islam and the religious traditions of Japan, India and China. Courses will include both theology (the insider's or believer's critical reflection on faith and its implications for life) and religious studies (academic inquiry into how religion informs cultures and societies and shapes personal identity).

Students can pursue a:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology & Religious Studies
  • BA/MA Combination Degree Program in Theology & Religious Studies
  • Minor in Theology & Religious Studies
  • Certificate in Pastoral Ministry.


All CUA students must take at least 3 courses from STRS as required by their program.

This includes:

Students in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Philosophy students will take a total of 4 courses (Effective August 2013)

  • 201 Faith Seeking Understanding
  • 3 other TRS courses at any level

Students in other schools will take a total of 3 courses (Effective August 2013)

  • 201 Faith Seeking Understanding
  • 2 other TRS courses at any level

Links to Guidelines for Students and Academic Advisors:


Why Major in Theology & Religious Studies?

Majoring in theology and religious studies prepares you, as all liberal studies do, for future leadership in many areas. Do you want to work in a state legislature or in Congress to shape public policy for energy use and the environment? Do you aspire to become a broadcaster or print journalist reporting on and interpreting local or national or international events? Do you see yourself in the future involved in personnel management or in international business? Will you be collaborating in an agency to promote social justice or to improve public health? A religion major will prepare you to understand and interpret the fundamental beliefs and values that motivate individuals and communities in this pluralistic society.

Or you may want to prepare for leadership within the Church. Catholic social services agencies, the Catholic education system, and parish and campus ministry all depend on educated and committed Catholics to direct and staff many institutions the Church operates. In the Church, as in the larger society, people who understand religion and culture and the Catholic tradition need to be around wherever decisions are being made and policies are being formulated. A degree in religion can provide you with the foundation for making a difference in the world.